Where to begin
Discover the benefits of meditation
The purpose of meditation is to cultivate positive states of mind, conducive to peace and well-being, and overcome negative habits of mind. Happiness is a state of mind; therefore, the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external situations. When our mind is peaceful, we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.
“If we want to experience true, lasting happiness, we need to learn the secret of inner peace by meditating.”
– Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
What will I gain from the classes?
The classes will allow you to unwind your mind and return home relaxed and refreshed. They will provide you with new tools for dealing with stress and anxiety.
If we practice meditation we will experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind. Daily challenges will be easier to deal with and many of our usual problems will fall away.
Meditation helps us gain clarity and perspective so that we can develop a positive outlook on life, gain authentic self-confidence and enjoy better relationships with others.
“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.”
– Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Where Do I Begin?
Meditation Classes for Beginners
We may have a wish to learn how to meditate, or to find out about Buddhism, but where do we start? Our drop-in classes are the perfect place to learn. The meditation classes we offer are suitable for anyone, whatever their level of interest, from those who seek simple relaxation and stress relief, to those who wish to learn about modern Buddhism. Everyone is welcome.
Do I have to be Buddhist to join?
You don't need to be Buddhist. We try to present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.
Do I need any experience?
You don't need to have any experience in meditation. The classes are fully guided so all you need to do is show up — everyone is welcome!
Do I need to wear special clothing?
No special clothing is necessary.
Is there any physical exercise involved?
The classes focus on meditation and short teachings. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.
Why do you charge for classes?
KMC Bloomington is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Proceeds from our classes are used to run the beautiful space we currently offer and additional money is donated to the International Temples Project.